2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Chiefs QB Alex Smith making Dorsey gamble pay off

By DAVE SKRETTA - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-02 14:58

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The pocket was breaking down and Alex Smith was running out of time, so he did what so few quarterbacks in Kansas City have ever been able to do over the years.

Smith took off and picked up a first down with his feet.

He didn't throw a ball into an impossibly tight space, or tempt double coverage and get picked off. He didn't stumble around as his offensive line caved in around him, or get chased around by a couple of New York Giants before finally succumbing to a sack.

Instead, Smith remained unflappable under pressure, exuding the kind of poise that infects an entire offense. More than once he scrambled for first downs last Sunday, giving the Chiefs the spark they needed for a 31-7 victory and their first 4-0 start in a decade.

``He seems to handle everything well, and kind of keeps a calm among the chaos,'' said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who has said repeatedly he tried to trade for Smith when Reid was still with the Eagles. ``He's able to keep it all in perspective. He demands a lot of the guys around him in his own way. That's important. He does that well.''

At some point in time, calling a quarterback a ``game manager'' became a derogatory description. Guys who throw safe passes, refuse to test sticky-fingered defensive backs, and make sure their teams are put in good positions became blase. By contrast, those willing to fling the ball all over the field with an all-or-nothing mentality grew in popularity.

Smith has always taken the cerebral approach, though. He prides himself on not making mistakes - often to the chagrin of fans who'd rather seem him throw it downfield.

``The most important thing in football is controlling the ball, time of possession,'' Chiefs tight end Kevin Brock said. ``Guys who control the clock, don't turn the ball over, they're the successful guys. If they want to say that's what he does for us, I'll take it any day.''

Smith has thrown only 22 interceptions since the 2010 season, the fewest of any quarterback with at least 1,000 pass attempts. The Patriots' Tom Brady is next with 26 interceptions.

His streak of 160 pass attempts without a pick ended when he threw two last Sunday against the Giants. Even then, only one of them was a badly thrown pass.

Indeed, Smith is a big reason the Chiefs are tied with the Tennessee Titans, their opponent on Sunday, for the NFL's best turnover margin.

``For me, I'm just making my reads and throwing the ball where it's supposed to go,'' Smith offered by way of explanation. ``Just where the defense is telling me.''

Often, the defense has been telling him to run.

Smith has run the zone-read several times this season, but mostly he's been scrambling when the pressure threatens him. But the result has been the same: He's on pace to run for more than 600 yards, which would easily be a career high.

``I think it's something that can help us at times, something I take pride in,'' he said. ``If they're going to give me that, I have to make plays with my legs, make them pay. When it is there, take advantage of it, for sure.''

Smith is also on pace to throw for 3,828 yards and 28 touchdowns; both would be career highs. And in what must feel especially gratifying, he's thrown for more yards and TDs with fewer interceptions than Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who took his job in San Francisco.

More importantly, he has the Chiefs at 4-0. The 49ers are 2-2.

``He took us to the NFC championship when I was with the Niners. People doubted him, but I always knew what type of quarterback he was,'' said Titans tight end Delanie Walker. ``He knows how to win games. He's doing a great job over there doing that.''

Not surprisingly, the first thing Walker referenced when was asked for a scouting report on Smith was his ability to manage the game.

``He doesn't make dumb decisions. He's not going to turn the ball over,'' Walker said. ``If the person that he's looking for is not open, he will check it down. He's a smart quarterback, he's not going to do anything to jeopardize a win.''

NOTES: Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (foot blisters), CB Brandon Flowers (knee inflammation), P Dustin Colquitt (knee sprain) and FS Kendrick Lewis (ankle sprain) did not practice Wednesday. ... The Chiefs signed OG Chandler Burden to the practice squad and released LB Darin Drakeford.

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Devier PoseyOct 20 07:13p

The Houston Texans have declared CB Darryl Morris, WR DeVier Posey, LB Jadeveon Clowney, OT Jeff Adams, S Josh Aubrey, CB Jumal Rolle, QB Tom Savage inactive for Week 7.

R. Griffin IIIOct 20 07:08p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) is expected to be put through a rigorous workout Wednesday, Oct. 22, that will give team officials a better idea of where [ More ]

R. Griffin IIIOct 20 07:07p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) could start in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys if he looks really good in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, according to a [ More ]

Ike TaylorOct 20 07:03p

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared OG Chris Hubbard, CB Ike Taylor, WR Justin Brown, QB Landry Jones, LB Ryan Shazier, SS Shamarko Thomas, DL Steve McLendon inactive for Week 7.

Jadeveon ClowneyOct 20 07:03p

Houston Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will not play in Week 7 because his lateral movement is not where the team wants it to be.

Daniel KilgoreOct 20 06:53p

San Francisco 49ers C Daniel Kilgore (leg) will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken bone in his left leg during the team's Week 7 game. [ More ]

Colt McCoyOct 20 03:23p

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy would start this week if QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) is unable to play, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Brian OrakpoOct 20 03:13p

Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) will undergo surgery for his torn pectoral, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Orakpo is out for the season.

Paul PoslusznyOct 20 02:53p

Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny (pectoral) will undergo surgery later this week to repair his torn pectoral muscle.

Brian OrakpoOct 20 01:23p

Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) will miss the rest of the season because of a torn right pectoral muscle.

Paul PoslusznyOct 20 01:12p

Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny (pectoral) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 7.

Brian OrakpoOct 20 12:42p

Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

Jay CutlerOct 20 12:23p

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler threw an interception and fumbled twice in the team's Week 7 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Cutler has turned the ball over multiple times [ More ]

Philip RiversOct 20 12:13p

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers extended his team record to 27 straight games with at least one touchdown pass in the team's Week 7 loss to the Kansas [ More ]

Stepfan TaylorOct 20 11:25a

Arizona Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor vultured two touchdowns in the red zone Sunday, Oct. 19. RB Andre Ellington said he called Taylor in at the goal line and could [ More ]

Jake LockerOct 20 11:13a

Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) is expected to play in Week 8, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Jake LockerOct 20 10:50a

Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (hand) is expected to be back in Week 8. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Sunday, Oct. 19, that Locker's hand was still sore this [ More ]

Kiero SmallOct 20 10:43a

Cleveland Browns FB Kiero Small was added to the 53-man roster, and FB Ray Agnew III was waived Monday, Oct. 20.

Ryan TannehillOct 20 10:33a

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill was effective in a scaled-back offense that utilized short-to-intermediate throws and reduced the number of troubling deep throws Sunday, Oct. 19. He was 25-for-32 [ More ]

Fred JacksonOct 20 10:13a

Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) said his adductor longus pulled off the bone about a centimeter, and he felt a pop. The injury is typically [ More ]

Jimmy GrahamOct 20 10:02a

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) played 30 offensive snaps (41 percent of the offense) in Week 7 Sunday, Oct. 19. He was targeted twice but was shut [ More ]

Anthony DixonOct 20 09:23a

Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon is likely to start against the New York Jets in Week 8.

Owen DanielsOct 20 08:53a

Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels was targeted by QB Joe Flacco nine times Sunday, Oct. 19, and caught six balls for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 7. [ More ]

C.J. SpillerOct 20 08:32a

Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) is out for the season, according to a source.

Jerod MayoOct 20 02:52a

New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (knee) is out for the year, but his financial status may improve as a result of the injury. A total of $4.5 million [ More ]

Vontaze BurfictOct 19 11:22p

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (neck) suffered a cervical strain in the Week 7 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Leon HallOct 19 11:22p

Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (back) left the Week 7 game against the Indianapolis Colts due to a strained back, and he was unable to return.

Paul PoslusznyOct 19 11:13p

Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny (shoulder) will have an MRI on his right shoulder after leaving the Week 7 game against the Cleveland Browns with an injury. He left [ More ]

Allen RobinsonOct 19 11:13p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson scored his first career touchdown in the Week 7 game against the Cleveland Browns. He finished with four receptions for 60 yards and the score.

Denard RobinsonOct 19 11:13p

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson ran for a career-high 127 yards with a touchdown in Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns. 'The last time I carried the ball 20 [ More ]

Andre BranchOct 19 11:13p

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Andre Branch (groin) left the Week 7 game against the Cleveland Browns due to a groin injury. He left the locker room after the game on crutches.

Peyton ManningOct 19 11:02p

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning left the Week 7 game against the San Francisco early in the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score. He led Denver to a [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group